How to Select the Right CBD Product and 8 Ways You Can Make CBD Part of Your Daily Routine

How to Select the Right CBD Product and 8 Ways You Can Make CBD Part of Your Daily Routine

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a nontoxic, nonintoxicating component of the hemp plant that has been lauded for its many potential benefits.  CBD can be found easily nowadays, in all kinds of product types/delivery methods, thus making it easy to get started as part of your daily routine.  Still, if you don’t know what to look for, or how to maximize this cannabinoid for its full potential, you may not get the complete benefits out of it that you’re hoping for.

What Should You Be Looking for When Choosing a CBD Product?

When selecting a CBD product to try, there are a several key things you will need to make sure of before you actually commit to purchasing.  However, before we cover these, it is important that we point out that you should have a talk with your physician/doctor, prior to using CBD or a new CBD-infused product.  Your doctor has access to your medical records, as well as what medications you might be on, and can therefore make a proper determination if cannabidiol is right for you.

A Brand You Can Trust

First off, you want to find a brand that has a good reputation for selling quality products – that’s paramount.  Because the CBD industry isn’t regulated, it can be easy to end up with a product that’s low in quality, with cheap manufacturing practices and ingredients that leave you disappointed. 

So, how do you know you’re getting a good-quality CBD product?  There are two key things we always instruct consumers to look for.  One is reviews, both on a company’s website and elsewhere online.  This is a great way to hear about other people’s experiences with certain products, to know exactly what you’re in for.

The other thing we recommend is that you look through a company’s website for third-party lab reports.  These lab reports indicate that a product has undergone extensive lab-testing via an objective, certified laboratory, for indicators of safety, purity, potency, and legal compliance.  Lab reports don’t lie, so that’s a huge bonus if you want to verify the reputability of any given brand.

Good Ingredients

Always read through the list of ingredients before buying a product.  Like we said, the industry isn’t regulated right now, and so companies can get away with putting low-quality ingredients in their formulas that can, in rare cases, be harmful to your health.  Not only that, but you may have specific needs or preferences when it comes to formulas – like vegan formulas, formulas free of certain allergens, or formulas that are 100% plant-based.

The Right Product Type/Delivery Method

Of course, definitely consider different product types/delivery methods, as each one will present its own unique effects.  Let’s go over the key types of products and what they can offer you.

  • Smoking CBD Flower (hemp flower buds): Can deliver the strongest and fastest-acting results. That’s because smoke is dense, and so, it absorbs through the lungs at a quicker rate.  It can take effect within minutes, with those said effects lasting for about 1-3 hours.
  • Vaping CBD: This option belongs to the same delivery method as smoking, but vapor is thinner than smoke, and carries cannabinoids and terpenes less efficiently, to an extent. The onset time and duration of effects is almost identical, but it might be slightly less potent.
  • CBD Tinctures: Absorb sublingually – in other words, under the tongue – and this means that the effects absorb a bit more slowly than inhalable products. It can take about 30-45 minutes to feel CBD peak in the system, and the effects can last for 4-6 hours.  They’re typically a bit less potent than inhalable products, too.
  • CBD Edibles and CBD Beverages (i.e., gummies, candies, mints, tea, coffee, etc.): Offer the longest duration of effects – 8 hours, give or take – and that’s why so many people prefer them. The onset time is about 1-2 hours, depending on your digestive system and how much food you have in your stomach, and the effects are more subtle than other delivery methods.  But, at the same time, with edibles, you can enjoy effects for the majority of the day, which is a huge plus – the same goes for nighttime, if you’re taking CBD for sleep.

Type of Strain You Want (if Applicable)

Certain CBD-based products come in different strains, like vapes and flower, which allow you to finetune your experience even further.  There are three main categories of strains to choose from, and within each category is an endless variety of options, each with their own specific effects that can benefit you in different ways.

  • Indica Strains: Known for being calming and producing a stronger, heavier body ‘high’, which’s why they’re most often taken at nighttime.
  • Sativa Strains: Are more cerebrally stimulating and uplifting, making them great for daytime.
  • Hybrid Strains: Simply a cross between a sativa and an indica, or either one with another hybrid. Their effects can lean more toward indica, more toward sativa, or totally in the middle.

Note: There are sub-categories of these strains:

  • Full Indica
  • Indica-Dominant
  • Indica-Leaning
  • India-Dominant Hybrid
  • Indica-Leaning Hybrid
  • Full Sativa
  • Sativa-Dominant
  • Sativa-Leaning
  • Sativa-Dominant Hybrid
  • Sativa-Leaning Hybrid
  • Balanced Hybrid

An Effective Strength

Milligram strength is a big factor when it comes to taking CBD, as it determines how potent the product is.  Milligram strengths don’t really apply to vapes or flower, but to other products, like tinctures, edibles, and topicals, they do.  Generally, 20-25mg is considered a good starter dose for a beginner, but people with a higher tolerance, a higher body weight, or more advanced needs may benefit from taking more – like 50mg a day or higher.  Consider these factors and think about the milligram strength of a product that may be best for you.

How to Make CBD Part of Your Daily Routine

Now, let’s talk about incorporating your new CBD product into your daily regimen.  Below are some of the best tips for getting the most out of your new product, as that way, you can reap the full array of possible benefits associated with cannabidiol.

Tip #1: Think About Dosage

First off, dosage is a big deal – something we already sort of touched upon when going over milligram strengths, above.  Again, your tolerance, body weight, and specific needs/goals with CBD all come into play.  We already talked about what’s considered a good starter dose – 20-25mg, give or take – but if you’re looking to, say, use CBD for migraines, a higher dosage would probably make sense.  You can always ask your doctor for more guidance.

Tip #2: Consider Timing

Timing is another critical aspect of all of this, because when you take your CBD is going to determine what time of day you’re benefiting from it.  We said that each delivery method has its own onset time and duration of effects, so that comes into play.  Overall, you’ll want to consider when you’ll benefit the most from CBD, and dose accordingly.  Are you looking to get physical relief during the day, or sleep better at night?  Of course, you can take CBD twice in one day, too – there’s no risk of overdosing.

Tip #3: Give Different Products a Try

Don’t be afraid to explore different products that are on the market, to find what suits you best, or to discover different products for different places in your daily or weekly routine.  A gummy may be great during the morning, offering hours of relief from something physical.  At the same time, vaping CBD before bedtime may help you feel nice and relaxed within minutes, with a more potent effect.

Tip #4: Experiment Other Cannabinoids

Once you get the hang of CBD, don’t be afraid to explore other cannabinoids, as well.  All cannabinoids in hemp can bring something valuable into your life, and there are many to choose from that can each earn an essential place in your personal regimen.  For example, CBD may be great for work hours, while a psychoactive cannabinoid like HHC does wonders in the evening when you want to take a timeout.

Tip #5: Reassess Your Needs

As you continue taking CBD routinely, you may find that your needs change over the weeks, months, or years.  And, at that point, you might want to reassess how you’re taking it.  If you’re taking CBD for general wellbeing purposes, there may come a point where you’re under a unique amount of stress, and would benefit from upping your daily dose, as an example.

Tip #6: Be Consistent

It’s always best to take CBD on a daily basis if possible.  That’s because CBD has cumulative benefits through its relationship with the endocannabinoid system.  Taking it daily means that cannabidiol can build up in the body so that the endocannabinoid system can use it as effectively as possible.

Tip #7: Know CBD’s Potential Benefits

CBD is rich in potential benefits, which we recognize through decades of research into its unique properties.  Having a good grasp on these benefits can allow you to use it to your advantage, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.  For example, you might not have known that applying CBD topically can be the best way to experience relief from tension and stiffness.  You might be surprised by the ways you can use CBD to your fullest advantage.

Tip #8: Consider Different Strains

For the most part, inhalable CBD products often come in a variety of strains.  And, we strongly encourage you to test out with different strains to see which ones suit different needs that you have during the day (mornings and afternoons) or at night.

A Daily CBD Routine Can Be Transformative!

How much you benefit from CBD can be almost entirely determined by the product you choose and how you end up taking it.  So, you’ll want to really look for a product carefully, being mindful of different quality standards between different brands, while being sure to follow the tips above for a successful daily routine. 

Kingdom Harvest carries an amazing selection CBD products to meet all kinds of daily needs, and that way, you will know that you’ve selected the best formula to incorporate into your daily regimen.